A major wind storm knocked out power to the 5Cs Friday night, toppling trees and causing significant damage across the campuses.
In-person, outdoor classes may resume at Scripps College and Claremont McKenna College as early as Monday, a thaw in the colleges’ decision to delay in-person instruction to the third week owing to a spike in COVID-19 cases amid the omicron variant surge.
Having announced that the 5Cs will kick off the spring semester with two weeks of remote instruction, some schools are walking back the dates by which students are expected to arrive in Claremont.
Citing the global explosion in cases of COVID-19 driven by the infectious omicron variant, the undergraduate Claremont Colleges will move to remote instruction for the first two weeks of the spring semester.
With two weeks until the spring semester is slated to begin and the omicron variant contributing to record-breaking case counts across the United States, 5C administrators reaffirmed their intent to bring students back to campus on schedule.
Three of the 5Cs will require all students to get booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, citing the rise of the omicron variant and case increases around the country as sources of concern.
On top of a surge in COVID-19 cases and stressful exams, some 5C students had another challenge on their plates last weekend — an unexplained illness that left them feeling nauseous, fatigued or otherwise awful.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is now consulting with 5C administrators after two clusters and at least 32 new cases of COVID-19 emerged this week. As the final week of classes unfolded, the schools canceled gatherings and asked community members to be vigilant against further transmission.
About a hundred students and community members gathered Friday afternoon at Pomona College’s Bixby Plaza to demand the 5Cs divest from fossil fuels.
Pomona College’s Campus Advocates hosted an event Thursday night to bring awareness on the steps to take when faced with an unhealthy relationship.